2017 Christian Leadership Experience
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What are the ministries involved in putting on this event?
A: There are 6 ministries who are the sponsoring organization who have organized this event: The Antioch Foundation, Grace in Action, Kingdom Workers, The Lutheran Home Association, Time of Grace and Truth in Love Ministry.
Q2: What are the official dates and times of the 2017 Christian Leadership Experience?
A: The event will begin at 8:00am on Friday, January 6, 2017 and conclude on Sunday, January 8 at the conclusion of the worship service at about 10:45am.
Q3: Are there any “optional” activities being planned by the ChristLead?
A: No. Any additional activities that you would like to do in the Orlando area need to be planned on an individual basis.
Q4: Where is the 2017 Christian Leadership Experience being held?
A: The event will be held at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando. http://www.rosenplaza.com/
Q5: When can I check in, register and pick up my materials at the Rosen Plaza?
A: There will be two registration opportunities. Registration will be open on Thursday, January 5th from 6-9pm and again on Friday, January 6th from 7-9 am.
Q6: What are the registration fees for this event?
A: Registration fees for the 3 day event are as follows:
o Early Bird (through November 6 – Available to first 500 people) - $199
o Regular Rate (November 7 – December 16) - $249
o Last Minute (December 17 – Event) - $299
Q7: What is included in my registration fee?
A: Food/meals, the general sessions, breakout sessions, and access to vendor exhibits
Q8: I have already registered, but I can no longer attend. Can someone attend in my place?
A: Yes. Notification is required so the correct name badge can be available at check in. Please contact us at 1(414)771-6133 and we can handle that for you.
Q9: What is your cancellation policy for attendee registrations?
A: Should you be unable to attend, a refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be given for cancellations received by 9:00am on Friday, December 30th, 2016. There will be no refund given if notice is given after this time.
Q10: What volunteer opportunities are available?
A: We have many opportunities available to volunteer: Registration, Vendor Help, Session Managers, and Directional Assistants/Greeters.
Q11: Do volunteers receive any sort of benefits or perks?
A: No, just the fun of helping out. Many volunteers are needed to make this event successful. So we appreciate your willingness to do so.
Q12: How do I become a volunteer?
A: Indicate that you would like to volunteer when you fill out your online registration or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will then contact you to discuss details.
Q13: What is the dress code?
A: Business casual. Dress in layers to accommodate varying room temperatures.
Q14: Are there accommodations for people with disabilities and those requiring special assistance?
A: Yes. For the events in the conference center, a field will be available in your online registration where you can provide a written description of your special needs.
For your hotel sleeping rooms, please discuss this with the hotel when you make your reservation.
Q15: Can you accommodate special meal requests?
A: Yes. A field will be available in your online registration where you can provide a written description of your dietary needs.
Q16: Will child care be provided during the event?
A: No. We will not be providing this service.
Q17: Can I obtain a copy of a presenter’s presentation?
A: Yes. All attendees will receive an email one week before the event to download PDF's of the materials. They can be printed and/or saved to a laptop or portable device.
Q18: Will Wi-Fi be available at the hotel?
A: Yes, Wi-Fi is complimentary in your hotel room and all public areas of the hotel. Wi-Fi is not available in the conference center.
Q19: Where can I find a schedule of events?
A: A detailed schedule can be found on our website schedule page.
Q20: Where do I select the sessions that I would like to attend?
A: We have an "Itinerary Builder" that is available through our online registration system. Attendees can select the specific breakouts they would like to attend on the Itinerary Builder page in the registration process.
Q21: What should I do if the session I would like to attend is full?
A: Sessions do not fill up. We set the room accordingly to accommodate the number needed.
Q22: I am interested in sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities. Whom should I contact?
A: Please go to our website sponsorship page for more information.
Q23: As a sponsor/exhibitor, when will registration be open to check in?
A: Thursday, January 5th from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Set up must be completed by 6:00pm. Attendee registration for early arrivers begins at 6:00pm at the registration booth which is located in the exhibit area. All boxes and clutter must be removed from walkways by 6:00pm.
Q24: What airport should I fly into?
A: Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Q25: Will ground transportation be provided?
A: No. Each individual is responsible for transportation between the airport and the hotel. Transportation recommendations can be found on our Hotel Page.
Q26: Will group rate transportation be offered for this event?
A: Yes. We are offering a round-trip airfare and round-trip ground transportation package at a very reduced rate. Check out our Travel Page for details.
Q27: Will my photo be taken during the event?
A: Yes, potentially. There will be photographers walking around taking photos during the event.
Q28: Is the conference open only to CELC* members? *CELC = Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference of which the WELS and ELS are members
A: The 2017 Christian Leadership Experience and its organizing partners are specifically inviting the people who make up our constituency, which is primarily WELS/ELS or CELC. However, the event is open to whomever is interested in building their leadership skills.
Q29: Why are there non-CELC presenters?
A: As the objectives of this event were identified, we committed to identifying and presenting the best possible speakers on each leadership topic. A few of the speakers who are well-regarded as experts in their field are from outside the CELC (WELS/ELS) fellowship. We pray these speakers will bring value to attendees which has not been previously available to leaders and aspiring leaders in our fellowship.
Q30: Are there any "fellowship" concerns since it is open to non-CELC members?
A: Conference attendance is not an act of fellowship. The one "fellowship" activity is the worship at devotions and the closing service. Just as we welcome our friends and visitors to our congregations' worship services so also we welcome them to the conference's devotions and closing service.
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